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Apr 28 2017

50 YEARS ON FROM THE 1967 REFERENDUM – AFTRS REVISTS REPRESENTATION, LAUNCHES CONSULTATION BEST PRACTICE VIDEO and INTRODUCES INAUGURAL ELDER IN RESIDENCE

Rhoda Roberts, Deborah Cheetham, Kim Williams and Uncle Bruce Pascoe to speak

It’s been 50 years since Australians voted overwhelmingly to amend the constitution to include Aboriginal people in the Census.

On this important anniversary, AFTRS, the Australian Film Television & Radio School, continues the discussion about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples representation in the screen and media space.

The AFTRS’ Indigenous Unit today hosts a special ‘Yes’ event where it will introduce the School’s inaugural Elder in Residence, Uncle Bruce Pascoe, and launch a new Indigenous Consultation Resource that the school has created for its students.  

In addition to the Resource, an Indigenous Consultation trailer launches today on the AFTRS website, which gives insights from industry practitioners on the topic of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander consultation and speaks to best practice.

Speaking at today’s event are Indigenous creative director and arts executive Rhoda Roberts, Aboriginal Australian soprano, actor, composer and playwright Deborah Cheetham, and media executive and former CEO of the Australian Film Commission, Kim Williams.

Kyas Sherriff, Head of the AFTRS Indigenous Unit, said:

This gathering marks an important moment of our shared Australian history, a moment when the majority of non-Indigenous Australians stood up and voted ‘Yes’. To springboard off this important date in our shared history as creatives, I hope we can inspire, encourage, share wisdom and be together - both Indigenous and equally non-Indigenous peoples - as storytellers, practitioners, students and community, today and into the future. It’s also an important moment in AFTRS’ history to introduce and hear from our inaugural Elder in Residence Uncle Bruce Pascoe.”

Acknowledgement

The Australian Film Television Radio and School would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Bidjigal people and Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, on whose land we meet, work, study and teach. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.